A Swiftly Tilting Balance
|Introduced||18 May 2018 (Raph vs. Donnie)|
|Features||Weight-sensitive platforms, sponges|
A Swiftly Tilting Balance is a multiplayer stage in Splatoon 2. It was the eleventh variation of Shifty Station, and first appeared in the Raph vs. Donnie and Hello Kitty vs. My Melody Splatfests. It returned in the Chaos vs. Order Splatfest. As of version 5.0.0, it is exclusively available in Private Battles. The stage is built like a large double-beam balance scale, and the weight of players and sub weapons will cause the large platforms on the stage to shift positions.
The main mechanic of this stage is a large double balance beam scale with a large pad near each spawn point and a pair of smaller pads near the center. The pads are balanced against their same-sized counterparts and are not connected between them. The scales tip based on the number of players and sub weapons on them, with the heavier side lowering and the lighter side raising accordingly. While moving up or down, a pattern on the top of the pad will glow light blue and a grinding metal sound effect will be heard. Between each spawn point and the larger pads is a lower area with many horizontal and vertical grates and a sponge that can be used to climb back on the left flank. The smaller pads in the middle are each flanked by a pit hazard on the left side and a short ramp providing cover on the right.
- Sub weapons also affect platform weight. Their weight is half that of a player, which makes the platforms go down by half the distance they would when unbalanced by the weight of a player.
- Three sub weapons do not follow this rule, being Ink Mines, Point Sensors and Toxic Mist. This is likely due to these subs not having any material value.
- Swimming on a wall of the platforms counts as being on the platform, and will affect it whether the character is ascending, descending or swimming at a set height.
- Accordingly, Suction Bombs and Sprinklers (when placed on the walls of the platform) affect the balance by half a player's weight.
- Certain parts of the bottom areas of the moving platforms are covered by uninkable walls taller than the maximum jump height, so when fully raised, the platforms can only be climbed from certain directions.
Animation of the moving platforms at the start of a match (link to file)
- The filename for this stage is "Deli11" and the codename is "Scale", referring to how the stage is a giant set of scales.
A Swiftly Tilting Balance is named after A Swiftly Tilting Planet, a novel by Madeleine L'Engle, which is itself a reference to the poem "Morning Song of Senlin" by Conrad Aiken. Additionally, it references the shape of the stage resembling a double-beam balance scale.
Names in other languages
|Balance Lovers. This is a reference to Mikansei Ravāzu (Incomplete Lovers), by Midori Murasaki.|
|Dutch||Romantisch evenwicht||Romantic balance|
|French||Dangereux penchants||Dangerous fondness|
|German||Balance des Herzens||Balance of the heart|
|Italian||Equilibri liquidi||Liquid balance|
|Spanish||Calleja del Equilibrio||Lane of Balance|